7 Tips to Prevent and Treat Butt Acne
Butt acne happens. We all get breakouts on the butt at some point. There’s no use pretending it doesn’t exist.Yes, it’s kind of embarrassing. But the human body does weird things. (And if you’re interested in knowing why booty blemishes happen, it’s all explained here: What Causes Pimples on the Butt?)The good news is butt acne can be treated. Here are seven things you can do to get rid of butt acne and gain a smoother bum.
1 Loosen Up Your Clothing
Slim-fitting pants look super chic, guys and gals, but they can also make butt acne worse.Ladies, those jeggings and spandex are comfy and cute, but they can irritate butt pimples. So, save the yoga pants for yoga.Guys, those slim-fit jeans look awesome and your running shorts are cool. But while trying to get butt breakouts under control, they aren’t the best wardrobe choice either.The friction caused by tight clothing can irritate the follicles on your bum, triggering red bumps and breakouts. While you may not always be able to (or want to) avoid form-hugging apparel, do wear loose-fitting clothes whenever you can.
2 Shower Immediately After Working Out
Sweat that’s trapped against your skin and then dries can be super irritating to your hair follicles, triggering a booty breakout.Try to schedule your workout so that you can get in a shower immediately after. Don’t stop by the grocery store or hit the library until you’ve lathered up and changed clothes.
While we’re on the subject of clothing, stay away from materials that trap heat and moisture against the skin. Sweat, heat, and friction is the follicle-irritating trifecta.Polyester, nylon, or silk undergarments all trap heat and moisture. Go with breathable cotton instead.Cotton panties or underwear are especially important when you’re working out. If they aren’t your first choice, don’t worry. You can return to your favorite undergarments once breakouts are under control.
3 Don’t Scrub Your Bum
Butt acne can’t be scrubbed away. Ditch the loofahs, stiff-bristled body brushes, and other super abrasive products. Aggressive scrubbing can irritate your already inflamed follicles, making butt acne worse.That’s not to say that exfoliation is a no-no. Just do it gently, with a soft cloth or nylon body pouf. If your butt acne is inflamed or painful, though, forgo the scrubbing altogether.
4 Use an OTC Body Wash with Benzoyl Peroxide
Although “butt acne” isn’t typical acne vulgaris, many of the treatments that work on facial acne also work on butt breakouts.If your butt acne is mild, meaning small fine bumps or just a smattering of inflamed pimples, benzoyl peroxide makes a great treatment.
Benzoyl peroxide helps clear out the pores to reduce blemishes. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so this is an especially good treatment if you’re prone to swollen booty breakouts.You can buy benzoyl peroxide over the counter at the drug store. Either body wash or bar soap form is fine, depending on your personal preference. For treating body breakouts, a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide is preferable.
Can’t find a body wash that contains benzoyl peroxide? It’s OK to use a product meant for the face on your bottom.One thing to know about benzoyl peroxide—it bleaches out fabrics. To avoid stained clothes and linens, it’s best to use white towels, washcloths, and undergarments while using this treatment.
5 Use Salicylic Acid Medicated Pads
Regular exfoliation is key in preventing and treating butt acne. But there’s a better, more effective way to do so than scrubbing away at your skin.Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps your skin shed cells more effectively. Because those cells aren’t building up around the hair follicle, your bum will look and feel more smooth.
Medicated salicylic acid pads are an easy way to deliver this medication to your booty. Just rub the premoistened pad over your buttocks (keeping well away from your genitals).You can buy salicylic acid pads over the counter, too. Don’t worry if you can’t find pads specifically marketed as “body pads.” It’s OK to use facial acne treatment pads, like Stridex, Oxy, and Neutrogena, on your butt.
But do check the active ingredients. For treating butt acne, you’ll get better results with a 2 percent salicylic acid than you would with a lower percentage.Salicylic acid pads can be used along with your benzoyl peroxide body wash, too. If your bum gets irritated or dry, though, scale back use to either one or the other.
6 Apply a Lactic Acid Lotion
Another very effective butt acne treatment is lactic acid lotion. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid. Just like with salicylic acid, lactic acid helps to loosen and slough away dead skin cells. The result is a softer, smoother, breakout-free bum.Lactic acid lotions can be bought over the counter at the drug store. Some common brands to look for are U-Lactin and AmLactin.
Massage the lotion onto your buttocks daily. It can also be used to help smooth rough hands, feet, elbows and knees, and bumpiness along the backs of the arms (a harmless condition known as keratosis pilaris).You can use the lactic acid lotion on its own, or build your own booty blemish-busting routine by combining it with benzoyl peroxide wash or salicylic acid medicated pads (or both).
Apply the lotion after the salicylic acid medication has completely dried. An even better option is to apply salicylic acid in the morning, and lactic acid at night.Again, if your butt is getting irritated, you should scale back on the number of product you’re using at the same time.
7 Have a Doctor Look at Your Derriere
Seriously, your physician won’t gasp in horror. They’ve all seen and treated butt acne many times before.Mild breakouts, and even the occasional inflamed pimples, you can most likely take care of yourself with the over-the-counter treatments above. But if you can’t get it under control after 10 to 12 weeks of good home treatment, have your dermatologist take a look.
If your butt acne is very inflamed or severe, if the bumps are large, pus-filled, or very tender, you should have your physician take a look right away. The hair follicles may be infected, in which case you’ll need a stronger prescription treatment.
A Word from Verywell
Don’t be embarrassed about butt acne. It’s a completely natural and normal thing that happens to our skin.Most of the time, butt acne can be treated with over-the-counter products and just a bit of time. But if your butt acne is severe, is causing you pain, or you’re just unsure of what to do next, give your physician a call.